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quick comma question!

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weepootle Thu 21-Jul-11 22:14:46

I'm writing a letter and have no idea where the comma(s) should go blush.

Is it:

1. ........... and I am, at present, on a one month course...
2. ........... and I am at present, on a one month course...
3. ........... and I am, at present on a one month course...
4. ........... and I am at present on a one month course...
5. none of the above!

I've placed them in my order of preference.

StealthPolarBear Thu 21-Jul-11 22:16:25

I'd do 1 but don't think there are any hard and fast rules, just however it sounds better

KatyMac Thu 21-Jul-11 22:19:41


puzzlesum Thu 21-Jul-11 22:19:56

It's number 1 in my opinion, but you can avoid it by either putting the 'at present' at the end, or omitting it entirely. Since the fact you're writing about it in the present tense indicates you are on the course at present, if you see what I mean.

weepootle Thu 21-Jul-11 22:22:07

Thanks stealth, I'll stick with that.

weepootle Thu 21-Jul-11 22:26:21

puzzlesum, earlier in the paragraph I have 'I am currently...' which tells the bigger picture so couldn't use that again but I think putting 'at present' at the end could work; I'll see which I prefer, thanks.

Hevian Thu 28-Jul-11 04:03:45

1 or 4; they're equally correct. None of the others though.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 28-Jul-11 04:07:08

1 or 4. The comma acts like a parenthesis in this context, insomuch as you have to 'close' the phrase with a second comma.

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